Julie McBride, Founder and CEO
Julie McBride is a thought leader in the field of social franchising and was recently named one of “Five Innovative Consultants that are changing the world” in Inc. Magazine. Julie’s experience using the franchise model to scale social businesses spans 20 years, five continents, and several industries including healthcare, water, sanitation, agribusiness, clean energy, and education. She was instrumental in designing and operating PSI’s pioneering reproductive health franchise in Pakistan (Green Star) and supported the expansion of social franchises into 27 additional countries. As a franchise consultant at MSA Worldwide Julie helped social business owners and NGOs design and execute franchise systems. In her most recent venture as founder and CEO of Stage Six LLC, Julie is building and supporting a portfolio of investment-ready social franchises across a range of sectors and geographies. Her efforts to inform and inspire potential actors in this field have included several high profile speaking engagements and publications. Julie earned her Masters in Public Health from New York University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington.
Graham Palmer, Director of New Business Development
Graham Palmer has developed transformational strategies for organizations in the public, private, and social impact sectors as a consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Strategy practice. He created and led the Deloitte-Stage Six partnership, which serves as a new model of social impact collaboration wherein Deloitte consultants conduct skills-based volunteering work to address Stage Six’s most critical challenges, including funding, market assessment, and portfolio company support. He has also crafted growth strategies for Days for Girls, a global NGO focusing on menstrual hygiene, and Samagra, an Indian social enterprise dedicated to improving sanitation for the urban poor. In addition to his work in social impact, Graham is an experienced analyst of national security and foreign policy, and he has published articles in the Huffington Post and for the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) on Asian security, as well as consulted for various defense and intelligence clients while at Deloitte. Graham was a Morehead-Cain scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a dual degree in economics and political science. From Feb-June 2019, Graham will be based in India in the role of Stage Six’s Director of Business Development and Strategy, with the objective of operationalizing new partnerships for Stage Six across Asia.
Andrea Mooney, Director of Communications
Andrea Mooney has more than a decade of experience working in global and domestic health and social justice. She applies a social marketing lens to socioeconomic and political determinants of wellbeing in order to create more equitable enabling environments to tackle racial injustice, gender gaps and poverty.
David Lehr, Social Franchise Advisor
David Lehr’s career has spanned the public and private sectors and has largely focused on the intersection of business, technology, job creation, and poverty alleviation. Most recently he was the Senior Director, Strategy and Impact at TechSoup Global responsible for managing the team that manages their corporate partnerships. David also consults to organizations leveraging market-based approaches to addressing poverty and is working closely with UNDP in Colombia. His sub-specialty is in microfranchising, and David also teaches and writes on entrepreneurship, social innovation, and blockchain applications in developing economies.
David has worked on 6 continents for clients including the Acumen Fund, Adobe Systems, BP, Compartamos con Colombia, Fundes, Gates Foundation, Intel, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NESsT, Palm, Reuters, Save the Children, Qualcomm, P&G, UNDP, VitalWave, and World Vision. Previously David was the Senior Advisor to Mercy Corps’ Social Innovation team, and also held senior management roles at Adobe Systems where he led Adobe’s entry into China. He has also launched profitable businesses in India and Guatemala to serve low income customers in the health and agricultural markets.
David has post-graduate training at Stanford University, holds a MPIA from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York. He is also a regular contributor to the Stanford Social Innovations Review.
David Wilson, Partnerships and Investment Advisor
David has spent time in the venture capital and startup ecosystems, working on “both sides of the table” as both a founder and investor. Previously, he worked for Blu Ventures, an early stage venture capital in the Washington, DC area. He currently works as an Associate at Franklin Advisory where he helps both companies and investors navigate the investment landscape. He is a previous Guinness World Record holder and is passionate about startup growth in the Southern United States and Latin America.
Kelli Schroeder, International Franchise Development Advisor
Prior to joining Stage Six, Kelli Schroeder lead international business development for publicly traded, $3B Franchisor, Wingstop Restaurants International (NYSE: WING). Kelli also served as the VP of International Franchise Development for Jibu, a safe drinking water franchise. While overseeing international expansion efforts, Kelli successfully launched the brand in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and The Democratic Republic of Congo. During her tenure at Chili’s Grill & Bar, Kelli established new franchise partnerships throughout Central & South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Kelli also served as a Public Relations Senior Account Executive for Omnicom Group – The Zimmerman Agency, where she represented global hospitality brands including Hard Rock Hotels, the country of Aruba, Palace Resorts, and Party City. Kelli is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), holds a Certificate in Franchise Management from Georgetown University, an International MBA from Escuela de Administraction de Empresas (EAE Business School) and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from The University of Alabama. She is fluent in Spanish.